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EventAfrican American Literature Discussion:The Known World
CityEvanston, IL
PlaceEvanston Public Library (Small Meeting Room)
Address1703 Orrington Ave.
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Henry Townsend, born a slave, is purchased and freed by his father, yet he remains attached to his former owner, even taking lessons in slave owning when he eventually buys his own slaves. Townsend is part of a small enclave of free blacks who own slaves, thus offering another angle on the complexities of slavery and social relations in a Virginia town just before the Civil War.

His widow, Caldonia, grief-stricken and more conflicted about slavery than Henry was, fails to maintain the social order. Also caught in the miasma of slavery is Sheriff John Skiffington, an honorable man who, when presented with a slave as a marriage gift, spends the remainder of his marriage, along with his wife, dithering about how to deal with the girl and ends up treating her like a daughter. These are only a few of the deftly portrayed characters in this elegantly written novel that explores the interweaving of sex, race, and class. Edward Jones moves back and forth in time, making the reader omniscient, knowing what will eventually befall the characters despite their best and worst efforts, their aspirations and their moral failings. This is a profoundly beautiful and insightful look at American slavery and human nature.

Copies of The Known World will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor stop by or call 847-448-8620. Check out the AAL blog, Facebook or GoodReads page for commentary, helpful links, and more information.

Start DateTuesday, February 12, 2013
Start Time7:00 PM
End Time9:00 PM
Phone847-448-8630
Emaillawilliams@cityofevanston.org
Web Addresshttp://www.epl.org/index.php?view=article&id=3757%3Aafrican-american-literature-discussionthe-known-wold&option=com_content&Itemid=309



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